LEAKY GUT SYNDROME!
Those symptoms such as migraine headaches, body/joint aches, fatigue, digestive troubles can be isolated or incidental symptoms. However, some cases, more often than not, may be related to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky Gut Syndrome is known to affect millions people world wide with chronic debilitating symptoms and yet often goes undiagnosed.
Leaky Gut Syndrome has also been linked to cause chronic conditions such as Celiac disease (intolerant to Gluten; protein found in some grains), Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Autism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eczema, Dermatitis, Ulcerative Colitis, and many other debilitating inflammatory autoimmune disorders.
Considering SAD (Standard American Diet) that is filled with potential food groups likely to cause these troubles adds more probability to the population who may suffer from this.
The following illustration depicts how this process affects our body and its function.
When the digestive tract mucosa is inflamed, the tight junction of intestinal mucosa are compromised as they become widened and permeable to large, undigested compounds, toxins, and bacteria. The intestinal immune system then reacts against these large compounds, promoting an exaggerated immune response. This creates a cycle of further intestinal inflammation and greater loss of intestinal barrier integrity.
As the intestinal tract becomes inflamed from diet, lifestyle, medications, infections, etc., it causes further intestinal inflammation, feeding this cycle promoted by intestinal permeability. After the intestinal mucosa becomes damaged, the damaged cells are unable to properly digest food and produce the enzymes necessary for digestion. This leads to MALNUTRITION; further intestinal inflammation; further permeability; the development of food sensitivities, bacteria, and yeast overgrowth; and impaired intestinal immune integrity. These self-promoting cycles become difficult to unwind unless aggressive dietary and life style strategies are employed.
The followings are the potential causes and symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Common Causes ofLeaky Gut Syndrome
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- The use of certain medications:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and others
- Prednisone (a synthetic steroid)
- Broad-spectrum antibiotics
- Birth control pill
- Toxic pesticide residues, inhaled chemicals, and environmental toxins
- An excess of refined sugar in the diet
- Infection with fungi such as yeast (Candida), parasites, or bacteria such as H. pylori
- Chronic stress
- Food allergies
- Excessive caffeine, alcohol and/or tobacco use
- Sluggish liver – toxic overload from the liver affects the gut and increases permeability
- Thick blood
- Deficiency in digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid in the stomach
Common Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome
Thegeneral symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome may involve one or more of thefollowing; gastrointestinal complaints, neurological disturbances, respiratorytroubles, autoimmune responses.
- chronic fatigue
- depression, anxiety, poor memory, mood swing, brain fog
- food allergies
- chronic sinusitis
- eczema, rashes and other skin problems
- irritable bowel syndrome
- inflammatory bowel disease
- constipation, diarrhea
- Candida, frequent infections
- joint pain, muscle aches
- autoimmune disease
The general recommendation for Leaky Gut syndrome is to stay with natural raw food diet as possible including vegetables and fruits that are antimicrobial nature and avoid chemical/processed foods. It is also important to check if one has any food allergies against any particular food items such as gluten, dairy products.
Our clinic offers functional nutrition services that includes assessment of your overall metabolic process and find out what is causing the symptoms using lab test such as blood test, urine and saliva test.
Once the problem is located, we intervene with variety of options including lifestyle modification with certain diet plan, natural/herbal supplementation, continuing metabolic assessment with educations that supports your lifestyle changes, acupuncture treatments and much more.
With these options of care provides the means to get to the bottom of your conditions and symptoms that ensures much health in the future instead of merely addressing the symptom relief with conventional medications.
If you have further question, feel free to contact us at 303-750-3000! Hope this was educating and helpful.